Boy Meets Boy

by David Levithan

Imagine a world where a kindergartner’s report card reads, “Paul is definitely... read more

Imagine a world where a kindergartner’s report card reads, “Paul is definitely gay” as nonchalantly as it continues, “and has a good sense of self.” This is Paul’s world, where boys who like boys flirt with girls who like girls, where the quarterback of the football team is also the homecoming queen, where boys have ex-boyfriends who have new girlfriends... And those are just incidental details that create the setting for a sweet high school love story that readers of all orientations will appreciate. The characters are loveable and quirky and the love story as innocent and true as any. Paul used to love Kyle, now he loves Noah who thought Paul kissed Tony. Joni used to date Ted but now she dates Chuck who drives Paul crazy. Tony is gay but his parents freaked out so Paul needs a decoy to be able to hang out with him. Tony’s story serves as a counterpoint to the rest of the narrative and is, perhaps, the one that will be most familiar to readers, as it reflects the difficulties teens have navigating their sexuality in a world that is not so appreciative of difference. It serves as the grounding point for a novel in which author David Levithan constructs a remarkable and hopeful fantasy: a world where gay teens and straight teens are all just teens. By the third chapter of this remarkable novel, that world feels like something that seems quite possible. (Ages 12–15)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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